Capt. Conway Bowman of Bowman Bluewater Guides & Outfitters, is pretty hard on his tackle. In this video, he talks to Hutch Hutchinson, Orvis Southwestern Regional Business manager, about the punishment he has inflicted on his Mirage fly reel since he first received the prototype back in 2007. After landing more than 500 big-game fish—and when Conway says “big game,” he means it—the reel is still going strong.
This also calls to mind a cool post we did on the evolution of the Mirage through the design process. And, in case you missed it, the trailer for the film “Speed, Muscle and Teeth” gives a good idea of the kinds of stresses fishing for makos puts on a guy’s gear.